We have a new roomate. Her name is Jeny. She's sixteen and came to us last Friday, with no other place to go. Thanks for that extra bed, God.
She's got a history here in Bastion, attending camp for the last number of years, in and out of youth group since she came of age...everybody knows her, or at least knows who she is. Before Friday though, I never knew her.
She moved out of her house about 5 months ago, feeling threatened (in every sense) by her step-father. Her mom did nothing to defend her. She had been living in Block 6 with another family (family friend) until last week, when the economic stress within those walls became too great to bear, and the living conditions smelled of the same danger she knew in her mother's house. Dear Jeny.
So, she's ours for now. But this is totally bush-wacking territory. Would you please pray for her? And would you please pray for me? It's wierd, but wonderful, all at the same time. So far, we're working on her curfew...and spending a lot more time cooking. Beth and I were so lazy when it was just the two of us. :)
The first night Jeny and I sat up in the hammock and I listened to her lifestory. I couldn't help but wonder at the God-given capacity this girl has for love. She loves. I haven't gone into details, and won't... but it is amazing that her heart is still capable of giving.
Please ask God for His best for her. We don't know if that is... staying with us long-term? or if God is going to provide something else for her? She wants to work. Please pray for something that Jeny can pour her heart into that will help her feel useful. She's not feeling very significant these days.
Pray most that God's love would rock her world and fill her with the security and sense of purpose that He brought her to this world to know.
Thanks again LORD for that extra bed.